Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Cessna 560XL Citation Excel, N615RG: Accident occurred June 04, 2021 at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (KASE), Colorado

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas 
Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Devlin Management Inc

Location: Aspen, CO
Accident Number: CEN21LA259
Date & Time: June 4, 2021, 09:54 Local
Registration: N615RG
Aircraft: Cessna 560XL
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Business

On June 4, 2021 at 0954 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 560XL airplane, N615RG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE), Aspen, Colorado. The pilot, co-pilot, and 3 passengers were uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that the approach was stabilized and normal, and that the landing gear indications were normal with three green lights. During landing and after the deployment of the speed brakes and thrust reversers, an aural landing gear warning was received. The right wing then began to drop and the airplane veered to the right and came to rest on the right side of the runway, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing.

After the accident the right main landing gear was found retracted while the left main landing gear and nose gear were extended. The landing gear handle was found in the UP position.

When asked, the crew could not recall manipulating the landing gear handle after the initial gear extension in flight. Figure 1 shows a postaccident view of the cockpit, throttle quadrant, and landing gear handle. The airplane has been retained for further examination and component testing.

Figure 1 – Postaccident view of the cockpit, throttle quadrant, and landing gear handle.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N615RG
Model/Series: 560XL 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KASE,7720 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 60°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Wichita, KS (AAO) 
Destination: Aspen, CO 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.217535,-106.86625 

The Aspen-Pitkin County Airport closed for more than two hours on Friday after a private aircraft experienced a partial collapse of landing gear upon arriving just before 10 a.m.

No one was injured. Emergency responders from the Aspen Fire Department, Aspen Ambulance District and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office were already on scene at the airport when the incident occurred. The mutual aid agencies were scheduled alongside airport staff for a biennial safety training exercise.

Airport Director Dan Bartholomew said the jet was a Cessna 560XL Citation Excel. He did not know where the flight originated.

The aircraft blocked the runway and crews worked to remove it. The airport reopened by 12:30 p.m.

“It looks like it was a mechanical issue with the right main landing gear under the wing,” he said. “A strut or something failed.”

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident, per usual. The training exercise will be rescheduled, Bartholomew added.

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